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George Reed

Finance Assistant

I chose an Apprenticeship because it is a good way of becoming trained to do a certain job role and a good way to work your way up a company.

I think people should choose an apprenticeship because you get all of the training you need with help from mentors. This means that you are not fully independent and left to struggle. You also get paid on the job while learning.

My job role is a Finance and Payroll Apprentice. Part of my role is to make sure that any customer enquiries are dealt with as soon as possible and to the best of my ability. Another part of my job role is to complete monthly pension spreadsheets for the whole federation and each individual academy.

I have learnt more about pension schemes, how they work and the benefits and drawbacks of them. I have increased my knowledge of Microsoft programmes (mainly Excel, Outlook and Word). I have developed my eye for detail and what to look out for when it comes to looking at important documents such as staff payslips and any mistakes on invoices and delivery notes. My confidence and communication has also improved as I am more confident and more mature when talking to new people.

This has helped me to become more confident when completing office tasks without supervision and helped my knowledge of all office areas and documents. I have also gained 9 months of office experience going onto 1 year of office experience which is very useful in the future when it comes to applying for jobs in the same career area.